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Apparently, a variety of vegetables my be used for karpas. So, when and why has it become common to use parsley?

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    Because you've usually been at Sedarim with parsley? Why do you think most people have your experience? I've seen radish, celery, potato or banana used. – Double AA Apr 10 at 16:28
  • I always thought celery ,some have custom of onion (but problematic for bracha) – sam Apr 10 at 17:34
  • @DoubleAAd,or pineapple – sam Apr 10 at 17:35
  • OU say in general kashrus guidance "Please note: Curly leaf parsley is very difficult to check. It is therefore recommended that only flat leaf parsley be used." – Avrohom Yitzchok Apr 10 at 18:51
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    @Dude Got you, on that. I think I had asked a question on M.Y. a while ago if the bracha on a raw vegetable changes only when it is used as an "additive" to a mixture such as a salad, or whether it is mixed with a dressing. E.g. generally, in the U.S., people don't eat raw cabbage unless it is part of cole slaw. So, same question may apply to the onions. I have to see if I can locate this question. – DanF Apr 15 at 21:22
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Because its green and sprigy, symbolizing the new growth of springtime. Source:my kids Pesach workbooks.

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    So is cucumber, tomatillo, green bell pepper, jalapeno, scallion, celery, asparagus, okra and honeydew. – Double AA Apr 11 at 2:27
  • @DoubleAA see edit – LN6595 Apr 11 at 2:53
  • Cucumber, tomatillo, bell pepper (even green ones), jalapeño, okra, and honeydew are summer produce and don't ripen in spring time (for Northern hemisphere temperate and Mediterranean climates). @DoubleAA – Cyn Apr 19 at 6:14
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Magen Abraham 473 sk 4

ואני תמה למה נהיגי במדינתינו ליקח פעטערזיל"ן ואפשר דס"ל שע"י הבשר הם משביחין כמש"ש ולפי מש"ש בשם תר"י דוקא כשאין נאכלין כלל חיין מברך שהכל אבל כשנאכלין חיין אף ע"פ שטובים יותר מבושלים מ"מ מברך כשהן חיין בפה"א א"כ א"ש, ומ"מ דעתי חוכך בזה למה בחרו בדבר שיש בו פלוגתא ה"ל ליקח ירק אחר ואפשר ששאר ירקות אין מצוים כ"כ בימי הפסח א"נ משום דבגמרא נזכר ירק ושאר דברים נקראו לפת והירק שלנו אין נאכל כמו שהוא חי אא"כ כבוש וזה אינו מצוי בפסח ובטור וגמ' אי' שגם על מרור מברך בפה"א וצ"ל דמרור שלהם הי' ראוי לאכול חי כמו לטי"ך עס"ה: ‏

The Magen Avraham was surprised why in his country people used parsley for Karpas. He says that there is a machloket (1) and according to some poskim, to eat is raw and bless adama is wrong. He says that perhaps there are few vegetables in this season, or because Gemara calls Karpas vegetable, and most vegetables we eat are called condiments for bread. Other species that are called vegetables are eaten in brine. So parsley is one of the rare species that are called vegetables and are eaten raw, not in brine.


(1): There are poskim who state that if one vegetable is preferentially eaten cooked, one says adama when it's cooked an shehakol when it's raw. But talmide Rabenu Yona sais that if it's edible raw, we say adama even when it's raw

  • I saw this answer in one of the other questions on M.Y. There's a piece of MA puzzle that puzzles me. (Did I puzzle you more?) Isn't adma said on anything growing from the ground including herbs? Unless he suggests that it was uncommon to eat this raw, then. However, this crosses the "border" in that raw parsley is used commonly now as salad toppings and garnish. In tabouleh, most notably, sometimes the majority is parsley and it is raw. – DanF Apr 11 at 22:16
  • Tavlin is an other function as in tabulet. We needs something eaten alone as lettuce, cited on the end of the sayif katan – kouty Apr 11 at 22:26
  • There are poskim who state that if one vegetable is preferentially eaten cooked, one says adama when it's cooked an shehakol when it's raw. But talmide Rabenu Yona sais that if it's edible raw, we say adama even when it's raw. – kouty Apr 11 at 22:32

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